5/27/1931 - 3/12/2016

Atlanta blues singer




Tommy Brown  5/27/1931 - 3/12/2016  R.I.P.:

Bio and Stories:

Tommy Brown, hailed during the 1950s as "one of the most dynamic entertainers in show business," has spent most of the past four decades out of the performing spotlight, but his resume of vintage records, onstage theatrics and a 21st century career revival have brought him long overdue recognition among current blues aficionados. Brown was a friend of fellow Georgia singer and 2015 Blues Hall of Fame inductee Little Richard when both were starting out, and he remembers letting Richard sleep in his station wagon when times were tough. A young James Brown picked up cues for his fabled stage show from both of them.

Brown was born in Atlanta on May 27, 1931, and began performing as a dancer when he was in the first grade. He also worked as a drummer before he became a stand-up singer. But he did much more than stand, as the Atlanta Daily World reported in 1953: ". . . he jumped off the stage, fell prostrate on the floor, got up, banged his head on the wall then fell down on his knees and wailed the blues." Brown began recording in 1950 and sang (and sobbed) on the No. 1 R&B hit Weepin' and Cryin' with the Griffin Brothers in 1951. The song evolved from a real life experience, when he broke down while singing onstage as he saw his fiancÚ walk in with another man. Humor was an important part of his show, however, and in the 1960s he began performing and recording as a comedian.

After stays in St. Louis, Chicago (where he teamed on shows with Otis Clay), and New York, Brown settled back in Atlanta in 1977 to run the Landmark West Personal Care Center, a business his mother had founded. After fans sought him out to interview him and book him on festivals in the U.S. and Europe, he began traveling and recording again in the new millennium. His Classic Tommy Brown CD, on his own Chittlin' Circuit label, reintroduced listeners to the rocking, crying and shouting blues he waxed on labels such as Savoy, King, United and Imperial. "I'm looking to retire at 103." he says, "and take up a new profession -- teach people how to love." - Source, The Blues Foundation


The above was copied from The Blues Foundation's web site as part of Tommy's 2015 Blues Hall of Fame induction.  Tommy's blues career is long, storied and well documented. There are other more detailed bios around the web. Here are a few:   Wikipedia     All Music    JammUpp    HoyHoy  

Did you know???

Tommy Brown was born May 27, 1931 and first performed at age 7 with Cab Calloway's brother Elmer. His professional career began when he started out as a drummer in 7th grade.  In his first band, the Casanovas, he was the leader, the singer, and the drummer.  When Tommy got to high school, the band became known as the Maroon Notes and were playing clubs, colleges, teen dances, and making regular appearances on the radio. Back then Tommy was known as Sweet Papa TB.

After all his years in show business, Tommy says he has never tasted a drop of hard liquor.

Tommy Brown has been entertaining audiences for over 75 years.  He has played with everybody and has the stories to back it up.
Keep your eyes here for some of  Tommy Brown's tales & adventures

Clink on this link to learn Tommy's tale of the Bill Doggett classic hit  Honky Tonk

Clink on this link to learn about Tommy's pivotal role in the career of  Gladys Knight & the Pips

Look for stories about:

Tommy Brown and Duke Ellington              Tommy Brown and Ike & Tina Turner                  Tommy Brown and the Chicago mafia
Tommy Brown and Little Richard                      Tommy Brown and T-Bone Walker                    Tommy Brown and Piano Red
Tommy Brown and Wynonie Harris                    Tommy Bown and Big Mama Thornton                 Tommy Brown and Bill Doggett
Tommy Brown and Count Basie             Tommy Brown and Big Joe Williams            Tommy Brown, Willie Dixon, and Big Walter Horton
Tommy Brown and Fats Dominoe          Tommy Brown and the Everly Brothers             Tommy Brown and James Brown
Tommy Brown and Little Milton               Tommy Brown and Albert King            Tommy Brown and Gladys Knight & the Pips


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